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Fort Campbell, home of the Screaming Eagles, of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). Fort Campbell is home of the Army's only Air Assault Division.
Fort Campbell lies on the KENTUCKY - TENNESSEE border between the towns of Hopkinsville KY and Clarksville TN about 60 miles northwest of Nashville on I-24.
Although nearly two-thirds of the 105,000 acres of post are actually in Clarksville, Tennessee, the post office is located in Kentucky, and the identification lies with that state.
Clarksville TN and Hopkinsville KY are patriotic communities. American flags flying from many poles, and yellow ribbons serve as a reminders of those away defending our freedoms. As Fort Campbell Soldiers deploy and return from missions around the world, families, loved one and the community greet them warmly.
Clarksville is ranked as the 57th Best Place to Live by Money Magazine. The cost of living is lower than the average for all major U.S. cities.
There's so much to do in Tennessee. There's the Great Smoky Mountains brim with wildlife and pioneer homesteads. Pigeon Forge, Dollywood offers music, thrill rides and mountain crafts. The Chattanooga aquarium, Nashville Grand Ole Opry and Country Music Hall of Fame. In Memphis there's Elvis Presley Graceland and the historical Beale Street.
Clarksville, TN and Hopkinsville, KY are patriotic communities. American flags flying from many poles, and yellow ribbons serve as a reminders of those away defending our freedoms. As Fort Campbell Soldiers deploy and return from missions around the world, families, loved ones and the community greet them warmly.
Clarksville is ranked as the 57th Best Place to Live by Money Magazine. The cost of living is lower than the average for all major U.S. cities. The installation base operator telephone is 270-798-2151, DSN 312-635-2151 and Installation Staff Duty 270-798-9793, DSN 312-635-9793.
Fort Campbell was established in 1942 and was named after William B. Campbell, a Tennessee statesman and Brigadier General of the United States volunteers during the Civil War. On August 19, 1942 the first Commander, Maj. Gen. William C. Lee, promised his new recruits that the 101st has no history but it has a "Rendezvous with destiny."
As a division, the 101st has never failed that prophecy. During World War 11, the 101st Airborne Division led the way on D-Day in the night drop prior to the invasion. When surrounded at Bastogne, Brig. Gen. Anthony McAuliffe answered "Nuts", and the Screaming Eagles fought on until the siege was lifted. For their valiant efforts and heroic deeds during World War 11, the 101st Airborne Division was awarded four campaign streamers and two Presidential Unit Citations. In January 1991, the 101st once again had their "Rendezvous with Destiny" in Iraq. Fort Campbell soldiers have supported humanitarian relief efforts in Rwanda and Somalia, and then later supplied peacekeepers to Bosnia, Haiti and Kosovo.
The mission of the 101st is to train and maintain combat readiness needed to deploy rapidly anywhere in the world, to fight and win, and to sustain combat operations.
The 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) is formed of four Brigades Combat Team Units of Actions (BCT UA) plus Division Artillery, Division Support Command, 101st Aviation Brigade, 159th Aviation Brigade, 101st Sustainment Brigade and several separate commands.
The six major tenants units at Fort Campbell include 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne), U.S Army Medical Activity, TN Valley District Corps of Engineer, Veterinary Command and U.S Army Dental Activity.
Base Operator: 270-798-2151, DSN 312-635-2151